Heavy rain in the early part of the day meant the proposed 1440 shoot had to be abandoned and another single distance round was shot in the afternoon instead. The turnout was disappointingly low with only six seniors and one junior making it to Greeba. Those who did turn up expected poor weather with a freshening wind. What they got was Mediterranean levels of heat, humidity, and sunshine. Layers were shed and bug repellent and sunscreen were liberally applied. A slight, intermittent breeze brought occasional respite but there was too little of it for comfort.
Pete Mumford had the shooting line to himself in the Gents Compound division which allowed him to work on his sighting issues without any pressure. He shot, as he put it, averagely and produced the same score has he had on his previous outing.
Joy Gough was determined to exorcise her demon ‘the random miss’ which has plagued her shooting throughout the season. Joy opened strongly and, while the second and final dozen were a little disappointing, managed to keep all her arrows on target. The result was an overall feeling of improvement and a season’s best score.
The largest field of the day came in the Gents Recurve with a three-way tie between Peter Howland, Danny Cowin and Alex Allen-Snell. Erratic would best describe each man’s performance. Alex appeared to be dialled in from the start, but after a promising opening half dozen arrows, his form nose-dived. Likewise, Danny and Peter opened with six decent arrows before they each recorded misses that had them shaking their heads in disbelief. As the afternoon wore on Peter found himself either in the middle of the target or in the grass. Danny was guilty of trying too hard. A suggestion that he remove his scope from the shooting line and just concentrate on his timing was met with scepticism, but it produced the highest dozen total of his round. A late burst of form by Alex gave him the win but his lack of consistency was a cause for concern.
For the first time this season Barbara Harris managed to remain focussed throughout the shoot. Her shooting was not spectacular, but it resulted in a season’s best score that left Harris hopeful for the future.
Jacob Brookes, the only junior to make it to the field, shot in his trademark laid back style. A miss late on was the only blemish in an otherwise impressive performance.
Results WA 50m- Gents Compound- P.Mumford 72/622/13/3. Ladies Compound- J.Gough 72/608/12/5. WA 70m- Gents Recurve- 1.A.Allen-Snell 70/462/6/2, 2.D.Cowin 70/423/5/2, 3.P.Howland 60/350/0/0. Ladies Recurve- B.Harris 72/542/8/3. WA 120-50m- J.Brookes 71/533/10/1.